DO: Fly the ultralight plane

WHEN in Mati, before you hit Dahican’s surf do check the waters—from above ground. There’s no better way to do that than taking a ride on an ultralight plane.

The light plane aerial tour of Mati City by Mindanao Saga Flying Club (MSFC) must be topping the list of must do in Mati. Well, I’m not surprised after I was taken for a ride in one.

The 15-minute trip gives you an aerial view of Mati’s must-visit spots plus more—the Dahican Cove, Pujada Bay, the Mangrove Forest, Subangan Museum, the coconut and mango plantation, and on a clear day, a fantastic view of the surrounding mountain range including Mt. Hamiguitan.

Best time to fly is from 6 to 8 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. when it’s not too windy. I’ve tried the morning ride but Iñaki Sievert, the club’s president who piloted my first ride, said that a sunset ride is magical. That gives me a very good reason to hit the Mati skies on the next trip.

Facebook: Mindanao Saga Flying Club for more information.

STAY: Dahican Cove

Away from the Dahican beach stretch’s busy section, but a short walk away, is a tranquil spot to spend a night or two—the Dahican Cove resort. It’s one of the best beachfront resorts in Mati that serves in bed a view of the picturesque coast and the sunrise framed by a picture window. How’s that for a morning greeting?

The shoreline is a few steps away from your doorstep in the zone that extends the privacy you may seek. The rooms are well appointed with modern amenities and the service crew is composed of a family of locals, who can make you feel like you’re at home.

Internet service is weak in these parts, but you won’t mind setting all gadgets aside and enjoy the view, the beach and the company you’re with—just like in the good old days.

For booking: Call Stella at 0920-774-2245

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